Over the past couple weeks, high school students across Ontario received their OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) pins which allow them to log into the OUAC site and apply for university. If you are one of these high school students, then read on! This post will (hopefully!) help relieve some of the stress you may be feeling, and give you a bit more information about the application process.
The final year of high school is a stressful one. It’s the year before a big transition; new school, potentially a new city, and maybe moving out of your family home and away from childhood friends. Basically, it’s the first step into adulthood. You have to make a lot of decisions before you even make that transition and it can be overwhelming. There are a few things you can do that can help combat the stress, and make the application process a little bit easier!
- Decide on which program(s) you are interested in methodically, before you start applying. I wrote a post here that might be helpful as a starting point.
- Visiting different schools and going on tours, or watching videos online can help you get a feel for what campus life is like. When I did this, it made me more excited to go to university, and it helped me decide which school I wanted to go to!
- Keep track of all the important dates that have to do with the application process. January 15 is probably the most important one…the deadline to submit completed applications. Keep in mind that the system can get bogged down the night before they are due, so submit applications early!
- Ask lots of questions to people who are already at university, like older siblings, friends, or us here at the York U Blog in the comments section! They can give you advice about applying, tell you the pros and cons of their university, and can share some of the amazing things about their experience at school.
- Try to shift your thinking. Although it’s scary, it’s also the start of something completely different…that’s exciting!